This former gem of Eastern Prussia’s today is being called the summer’s capital city of Warmia and Mazuria. Surrounded by 9 lakes. Ostróda is a very dynamic city. In the summertime it is host to numerous events like the popular concerts by the shores of Lake Drwęckie.
Its waterfront is filled with cafes and restaurants whereas over the road you will find the majestic Teutonic castle. If you are lucky, you might take part in a time travel while being a member of a knight’s ceremony.
Today the castle accommodates a museum, a gallery and a ballroom. It was the castle of Ostróda, where the body of the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order Ulrich von Jungingen was taken after the lost battle on the Grunwald batllefield. Three hundred years later these walls welcomed Napoleon. He has been staying here for 2 months.
Crossing the centre you will certainly notice two church towers. While it’s the Virgin Mary church that catches your eye first, it is the second one which is more astonishing. This evangelic church has a beautiful wooden interior and an antique organ. What is more its tower offers you the possibility to take a glimpse at the picturesque surroundings.
But Ostróda has more architectural sights to offer. Its two military barracks, called the the public. Apart from this site there is also a town villa made from red bricks in the centre of Ostróda. Before WW II it was owned by the town’s well known entrepreneur Gladtke, who ran a brickworks.
His name still can be seen on the bricks of some houses in Ostróda and places nearby. Gladtke’s villa is only a stone ’s throw away from the city centre’s German cemetery and its new “old town ”. History lovers should also take a walk to the forgotten cemetery “Polska Górka” on Olsztyńska street. Among old trees and Jewish graves they will also see the grave of Gustaw Gizewiusz, who fought for Polish culture and language under Prussian governance.
Reagge fans however are welcome to stop by in August when Ostróda becomes host of Poland’s biggest Reagge-Festival which already welcomed the consul of Jamaica. Thanks to this fact Ostróda was mentioned in the Jamaican press and a Polish band released a video called “Pass thru da Ostróda ”. http://www.ostroda.pl http://www.gminaostroda.pl http://www.powiat.ostroda.pl